Triple M’s GOAT 100 Albums: Full Countdown List

The world of music is vast and varied, with countless albums that resonate with listeners on a deeply personal level. At Triple M’s GOAT, we set out to rank the greatest 100 albums of all time, and YOU, our valued listeners, had the power to decide.

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The Countdown to the Greatest

From iconic tracks to the unforgettable B-sides, these albums have become staples in music collections across the globe. The engagement and anticipation have been palpable, with fans eagerly casting their votes.

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  4. Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits
  5. Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
  6. Kick by INXS
  7. Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  8. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
  9. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N’ Roses
  10. The Joshua Tree by U2
  11. Ten by Pearl Jam
  12. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
  13. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
  14. Odyssey Number Five by Powderfinger
  15. Hotel California by Eagles
  16. East by Cold Chisel
  17. Hot Fuss by The Killers
  18. T.N.T. by AC/DC
  19. Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen
  20. Use Your Illusion 2 by Guns n Roses
  21. A Night At The Opera by Queen
  22. The Colour & The Shape by Foo Fighters
  23. Diesel And Dust by Midnight Oil
  24. Abbey Road by The Beatles
  25. Business As Usual by Men At Work
  26. Metallica by Metallica
  27. Purple Rain by Prince
  28. Vs. by Pearl Jam
  29. Whispering Jack by John Farnham
  30. The Wall by Pink Floyd
  31. Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
  32. Pump by Aerosmith
  33. Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones
  34. Automatic For The People by R.E.M.
  35. Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes
  36. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
  37. Hysteria by Def Leppard
  38. MTV Unplugged by Nirvana
  39. Bat Out Of Hell by Meatloaf
  40. Crowded House by Crowded House
  41. There Is Nothing Left To Lose by Foo Fighters
  42. The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie
  43. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 by Midnight Oil
  44. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  45. Circus Animals by Cold Chisel
  46. Dookie by Green Day
  47. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
  48. The Swing by INXS
  49. Throwing Copper by Live
  50. The Game by Queen
  51. Rattle & Hum by U2
  52. Frogstomp by Silverchair
  53. Reckless by Bryan Adams
  54. Glass Houses by Billy Joel
  55. Vulture Street by Powderfinger
  56. Little Creatures by Talking Heads
  57. Yourself Or Someone Like You by Matchbox 20
  58. Dynasty by Kiss
  59. Gossip by Paul Kelly
  60. What’s The Story Morning Glory by Oasis
  61. Synchronicity by The Police
  62. Freight Train Heart by Jimmy Barnes
  63. American Idiot by Green Day
  64. Primitive Man by Icehouse
  65. Dire Straits by Dire Straits
  66. Out Of Time by R.E.M.
  67. The Works by Queen
  68. In Utero by Nirvana
  69. Graceland by Paul Simon
  70. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
  71. Only By The Night by Kings Of Leon
  72. Sirocco by Australian Crawl
  73. Achtung Baby by U2
  74. 1984 by Van Halen
  75. Internationalist by Powderfinger
  76. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
  77. New Jersey by Bon Jovi
  78. X&Y by Coldplay
  79. No Jacket Required by Phil Collins
  80. Blue Sky Mine by Midnight Oil
  81. Let’s Dance by David Bowie
  82. Vitalogy by Pearl Jam
  83. True Colours by Split Enz
  84. August and Everything After by Counting Crows
  85. Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty
  86. Use Your Illusion 1 by Guns n Roses
  87. Twentieth Century by Cold Chisel
  88. 1999 by Prince
  89. Stadium Arcadium by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  90. Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
  91. War by U2
  92. Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings
  93. Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics
  94. Hepfidelity by Diesel
  95. Scary Monsters & Super Creeps by David Bowie
  96. In Your Honor by Foo Fighters
  97. Woodface by Crowded House
  98. Regatta de Blanc by The Police
  99. Keep The Faith by Bon Jovi
  100. Listen Like Thieves by INXS

An Exciting Incentive: The Ultimate Prize

The excitement of voting was not just about having a say in the album rankings. Everyone who cast their vote had the chance to win a phenomenal prize: a 5-night trip to the glittering Las Vegas to witness U2: UV Achtung Baby LIVE at the Sphere. Imagine the allure of seeing the world’s greatest rock band inaugurate what’s being touted as the world’s most cutting-edge venue. The hype and energy surrounding this opportunity were truly electric!

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U2 performing at The Sphere Las Vegas. Image by Es Devlin. Edited by Kalun Townsend
U2 performing at The Sphere Las Vegas. Image by Es Devlin. Edited by Kalun Townsend

And the moment we’ve all been waiting for… our very own Dangerous Dave had the pleasure of interviewing the lucky winner.


Diving Deeper: Album Stats & Insights
For those who cherish the nuances of music and love a good trivia…

Dave Grohl’s Dominant Presence: Tracing the Icon’s Multiple Appearances

In a deep dive into the top albums spanning various decades, one name stands out with unwavering consistency: Dave Grohl. The iconic musician made his mark on the list with Nirvana’s groundbreaking album “Nevermind”, where he showcased his drumming prowess. But Grohl’s influence doesn’t stop there. He resurfaces multiple times as the driving force behind the Foo Fighters, contributing with albums like “The Colour & The Shape”, “There Is Nothing Left To Lose”, “In Your Honor”, and “Stadium Arcadium”. In total, Grohl’s musical genius graces the list on 5 distinct occasions, underscoring his lasting impact on the music industry.

Decade-wise Distribution of Albums

Music transcends time, and our list captures the essence of five glorious decades. The 1980s, with its rich tapestry of sound and innovation, leads the charge with 37 albums. The soulful 1970s aren’t far behind, boasting 21 albums. The 1990s, a transformative period for the music industry, graces our list with 26 albums. As we move into the new millennium, the 2000s continue the legacy with 13 albums. Meanwhile, the pioneering 1960s, which laid the groundwork for many genres, is represented with 3 seminal albums.

Masters Behind the Masterpieces: Producers

The alchemy of turning musical notes into timeless classics requires the touch of visionary producers. Rick Rubin’s mastery is evident, with his hands on six of the albums on our list. Bob Rock’s distinctive style shines through in four albums. The trio of Robert John “Mutt” Lange, Bruce Fairbairn, and Mark Opitz have left their mark, each producing three albums. And then there’s the legendary George Martin, whose collaborations with The Beatles have forever altered the landscape of music, producing three of the albums on our list.

Recording Studios: Where Magic Happens

Every great album needs the right environment to blossom. Abbey Road Studios in London, immortalized by The Beatles, stands as the most iconic location, housing the creation of seven albums on our list. Both Little Mountain Sound Studios and The Power Station have resonated with artists, each witnessing the birth of four albums. Not to be outdone, Rhinoceros Recordings and Sound City Studios have each been the nurturing grounds for three albums, playing a pivotal role in shaping the sounds of the eras.

Artists with Multiple Albums: Consistency Meets Brilliance

Artistic consistency is a rare gem. U2’s brilliance is evident, leading with five albums. Several artists have showcased their versatility and resonance, with AC/DC, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, INXS, Midnight Oil, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Red Hot Chili Peppers each contributing three albums. Artists like The Police, Cold Chisel, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Powderfinger, and Talking Heads have further enriched our list with two albums each.

A Melting Pot of Origins: Artist Nationalities

Music knows no boundaries, and our list is a testament to global creativity. The USA and England, powerhouses of rock and pop, dominate with 33 and 30 albums respectively. Australia’s vibrant music scene is celebrated with 18 albums. Ireland, with the stellar contribution of U2, gifts us 3 albums, paralleled by New Zealand’s three. Canada’s unique sound has earned it two spots on our list, while Scotland’s rich musical tapestry is represented by a singular, yet impactful, album.

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